‘Little things’ make the biggest difference, Gore says

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2001

NATCHEZ – It’s the &uot;little things&uot; that make the biggest difference for Adams County Christian School senior Amanda Gore.

The 18-year-old was recently chosen as ACCS’ Good Citizen by the William Dunbar and Natchez chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Being a good citizen, she said, is &uot;something you do throughout the day. It’s not something you have to sit down and plan out. It’s just the little things.&uot;

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Even telling a classmate they were missed at school when they’ve been at home sick can be enough to change a person’s outlook.

In fact, much of the violence in schools today can be traced to feelings of loneliness and rejection, Gore said.

&uot;If you just show them that you care, it makes a big difference,&uot; she said.

Gore said her faith plays a large part in the way she acts toward others. &uot;The fact that I’m a Christian makes a big difference, because that’s what you’re called to do.&uot;

As for the DAR Good Citizen program, Gore said it is a good way to encourage local youth to be active in their community.

&uot;It’s good that they are taking the time out to encourage that and honor that,&uot; she said.

In addition to holding down a part-time job at the Animal Medical Center, Gore is a member of the ACCS track team, the Quiz Bowl team, the yearbook staff, the Beta Club and National Honor Society, the Mayor’s Youth Council and is active in her youth group at Parkway Baptist Church.

She is the daughter of Wes Gore and Candy Gavin.

Gore is one of four local students selected as DAR Good Citizens who are being featured each Thursday in The Democrat as a &uot;Bright Future.&uot;

Other Good Citizens include Plezetta West of Natchez High School, Claire Cothren of Cathedral High School and Taylor Young of Trinity Episcopal Day School.